Recently held 38th Annual General Meeting AGM of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter decided to organize ´Himalayan Travel Mart´ (HTM) in Kathmandu in May. The first ever travel mart scheduled to be held from May 29 to 31 expects fifty buyers and sellers each from the global travel industry. Nepal Tourism Board is the main sponsor of the event.
According to PATA Nepal Chapter, the potential buyers from Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand and Russia are more likely to participate during the Travel Mart. Likewise, the tour operators from the Himalayan nations including Nepal, India, China, Bhutan as well as a number of tour operators from South East Asia, Africa, Central Asia and South America sharing similar markets as that of Nepal would approach the Mart to sell their travel products.
Jyotsna Lama Khadka, CEO of PATA Nepal Chapter, said “As a continuation of the Diamond Jubilee Year of the first ascent of Mount Everest and to celebrate the International Sagarmatha Day that falls on May 29 the travel mart is being organized.”
Also during the AGM, the veteran professor and the Dean of Hong Kong Polytechnic University Mr. Kaye Chon and the idealistic and young tourism entrepreneur from Thailand SiradejDonavanik delivered their power-point presentations which inspired the Next Gen Tourism Entrepreneurs of Nepal. Professor Chon highlighted the significance of Service Industry Leadership and Professional Development in Toursim whereas; Mr. Donavanik shared his experiences in Three Alignments of Tourism Business namely, Environment, Investing on People and De-commoditising Products and Services during his presentation.
Parallel to the conference during the event, PATA is also organizing sessions on marketing, management, human resource, information technology and their insinuations in tourism industry on the first day while B2B sessions will be conducted in the remaining two days.